Charleston Jazz Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary with Gala and Concert

The Charleston Jazz 10 Year Anniversary Gala and Concert will happen on November 3. This fun evening will feature a special CJO concert celebrating 10 Years of Jazz. Maestro Charlton Singleton has ‘hand picked’ an unforgettable selection of songs from the 10 years of performances.

Gala tickets includes a fabulous concert plus specialty cocktails, wine, beer, heavy appetizers, a buffet and desserts. CJO will also have some incredible live and silent auction items, with all proceeds benefitting the Charleston Jazz Performance Fund and the Charleston Jazz Academy.

Song List Preview

A Woman Is A Sometime Thing – From “Porgy and Bess” (Season 5 – 2013)
Robert Lewis’ interpretation has everything in it: Gullah, swing, and great lines that highlight the whole band. This is my favorite arrangement from the “Re-Imagined” suite.

Angela – From “Jazz on the Screen” (Season 3 – 2010)
I was a big fan of television themes growing up. I didn’t really watch the show, “Taxi”, but I really thought that the theme was cool. Jon Phillips always does a tasty job with his arrangements.

Big Dipper – From “Night at the Village Vanguard” (Season 8 – 2016)
To me (my opinion) this is one of the most swinging charts ever written by Thad Jones. Nothing like a bluesy shuffle!

Blues In Hoss Flat – From “Countin’ On Basie” (Season 2 – 2009)
Basie! The most swinging band in all the land! THE SHOUT CHORUS!!!!

Blues Walk – From “Latin Night featuring Michael Mossman” (Season 3 – 2011)
This is a fantastic example of the Latin writing from Michael Mossman. His take on this Clifford Brown classic was one of my favorites when he was a guest with the band.

Corner Pocket – From the “South Carolina Hit Parade” (2008)
Corner Pocket is what I consider to be the CJO’s theme. Written by Freddy Green (Charleston Native) and being one of the Basie standards, if I could close every show with this song I would.

I Left My Baby – From “Singin’ On Basie” (Season 3 – 2010)
More Blues from the Basie band…Mark Sterbank transcribed this from a television special that featured Jimmy Rushing with a version of the Basie Band that had an all-star lineup at the time. This may have been one of my first references to “brown liquor music”!

Jazz Crimes – From “Swing Electric” (Season 7 – 2014)
I bought this arrangement from one of most prolific arrangers in the world today. At the time, Alan Baylock was an arranger and conductor of the US Air Force’s Airmen of Note band. He is now leading the infamous One O’Clock Lab Band at the University of North Texas. Jazz Crimes quickly became a hit in the jazz world for both traditional and contemporary jazz bands. We also had Bari Saxophonist extraordinaire John Cobb and his horn, “The Bigen” taking control of the solo!

Peanut Brittle Brigade – From the “Nutcracker Suite” (Season 4 – 2012)
This is one of my favorite movements from Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s arrangements of songs from the Nutcracker Suite. I always like listening to Mark Sterbank play the solo on this.

Seven Steps To Heaven – From the “Music of Miles Davis” (Season 3 – 2010)
This was one of the first arrangements that Robert Lewis produced for the CJO and it was (is) a burner! Challenging and a showstopper!

Shotgun – From “Swinging Soul” (Season 4 – 2012)
This was the first song that I sang and it is sort of considered to be the “coming out” tune for me being a vocalist for the band. The Swinging Soul show is probably my second most memorable show!

Take the “A” Train – From “Such Sweet Strayhorn (Season 6 – 2014)
Once again…a clever and entertaining twist to one of the most recognizable jazz standards of all time…provided by master arranger Robert Lewis.

Toreador’s Song – From “Symphonic Swing” (Season 4 – 2012)
When we decided to do a show of Classical music songs it was a little difficult to narrow down the tunes. The idea, of course, was to have songs that everyone could recognize. It was also about this time where our audience was starting to see the talent and genius of local arrangers. Robert Lewis offered this one up to the band and they took it and ran away with it!

Zambia – From “Latin Night” (Season 4 – 2012)
Latin Night became an annual show. In choosing some material early on I found out about this chart from the great percussionist and bandleader, Mario Bauza. It was brought to my attention while playing it in the Charleston Latin Jazz Collective. I received more background information about it from Michael Mossman a year earlier. He had the opportunity to arrange for Mr. Bauza, as well as play trumpet in his band.

PREMIUM TABLE for 8 : $2,000
RAFFLE TICKETS:  $50 (Enter to win one of three fabulous trips!)


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